Jun 17 2010

Munchbrothers 7 Hour Slow Cooked Lamb

Published by at 11:19 pm under Lamb,Recipes,Slow Cooking

7 Hour Slow Cooked Leg of Lamb

Well again it’s winter but really this is a dish that is just as good in spring or summer, slow cooked leg of lamb (7 hours) and I am going to try a new slow cooker (Kambrook 6 litre)

About:

Diabetic, Egg free, Heart friendly, Low Carb, Low GI, Nut free, Gluten Free

Easy to cook

Ingredients

  • 4 anchovy fillets, patted dry
  • 3 large garlic cloves, peeled and quartered
  • 1 leg of lamb 1.8 to 2 kg leg of lamb (must be able to fit into pot)
  • 1 x 200 g piece of pork rind with 5mm fat attached (optional but really nice)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsb. olive oil
  • 2 bouquets garnis (thyme, bay leaf, parsley stalk, celery)
  • Kitchen string
  • 250 ml dry white wine
  • 250 ml chicken stock

If you have a cast iron cooking pot then you also need:

  • bit of flour around ½ a cup
  • water

Preparation

The important thing here is the pot or in my case the slow cooker. I have a new 6lt slow cooker which so far has been great. But if you are fortunate to have a good quality heavy cast iron oval ovenproof dish with a tight-fitting lid that will hold everything snugly.

Follow the pre-cooking instructions for your specific electric slow cooker or if you are using a cast iron pot then preheat the oven to 120ºC/250ºF.

Cut the anchovy fillets into 12 pieces

¼ the garlic cloves into 12 pieces

Make 12 incisions into the lamb and insert a piece of anchovy and a piece of garlic into each. (Hint: I use a boning or filleting knife if you have one)

Grind pepper over lamb and rub with salt.

Heat the olive oil in a heavy fry-pan and brown the lamb on all sides. (if you are using the cast iron pot use it here instead)

Now prep your bouquet garnis. Pretty straight forward cut the celery stalk into pieces about 15 – 20 cm, if you have fresh bay leaf bruise it by crushing in your hand tightly wrap the thyme stalks and bay leaf inside the celery stalks and wrap te kitchen string around until firm (HINT: lay the kitchen string out on the chopping board this will allow you to place the bouquet garnis onto the string)

Now this is where the recipe can go 1 of 2 ways if you have an electric slow cooker then:

  • Remove the browned meat and bacon rind from the backing dish or pan you used to brown the meat in an place into the slow cooker
  • Put the pork rind into the pan you browned the meat in, fat side down
  • Once it has rendered, deglaze the fry-pan with the stock and pour over the lamb
  • Add the wine and the bouquets garnis to the lamb and stock.
  • Put on the lid and wait

If you are using a cast iron pot then there is an additional step:

Seal the pot before it goes into the pre-heated oven

  • Mix up a paste from the flour and water. Use the paste to glue the lid to the dish.
  • Stand the dish on a baking tray to catch any drips, and put it in the oven. Forget about it for 7 hours.
  • After it’s done, remove the dish from the oven and break the seal. Prepare to be overwhelmed with a most excellent aroma

Gravy:

Collect the juices to serve as gravy. Add corn flour and if you feel naughty cream and stir into a thick rich decadent gray.

I would normally serve this in winter with creamy mashed potatoes and green beans.

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